My seasonal food habits are demanding all things tropical lately. It’s easy to get bored with salads, but this delicious combination of tropical and Asian flavors mixes things up and let’s you have a little fun.
The chicken can take a little longer if you’re feeding a large family, so if you have an extra large skillet I would recommend it. You could also make it gluten free by using coconut flour. It is SO delicious though, and it would even make awesome chicken strips for lunch one day.
The vinaigrette is still a work in progress. This was tasty, but I’d like to find a way to have a creamy dressing without adding a ton of calories. We’ll see what I come up with.
In in the meantime, give this a try and let me know what you think!
Tropical Asian Salad with Coconut Crusted Chicken
1 lb chicken tenders
1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 tsp each cumin, granulated onion, garlic
2 tsp each salt & pepper
Romaine lettuce, diced
toppings: fresh pineapple, red bell pepper, red onion, julienned carrots, purple cabbage, jicama, peanuts or almonds
1 tsp ginger
3 TB rice wine vinegar
1 TB sesame oil
1 TB liquid Aminos
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, fresh
1 tsp sesame seeds
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
For the Chicken:
Mix together eggs and milk in a shallow dish. Mix coconut, flour, and seasonings in a second dish. Place large skillet over medium heat and add enough coconut oil to cover the bottom.
Dip each chicken tender in egg wash, then in coconut mixture. Place in preheated oil and cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Flip chicken and cook another 3-4 mi Utes or until golden and cooked through. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
For the salad:
chop all I gredients and either mix them all together or place them on a serving tray. Reserve and pineapple nuts for a separate topping. Place desired Amoy t’s on plate, top with prepared chicken, and drizzle with vinaigrette.
For the dressing:
Place all ingredients in blender. Mix until well blended. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.